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The Abbot and the Acolyte in Death and Taxes based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
This is a great tale, the first of several I hope. The Abbot Rutilius and his new Acolyte, William, are a really humorous new take on the Medieval Mystery genre. In Death and Taxes, there are two murders to solve and an early version of money laundering to get to the bottom and... Medieval life seems to have been quite sexy. There are both the subtle kind of humor and the overt sort in this book, neither hide the more thought-provoking realities of life in 13th Century France. There is the almost casual reference to manipulating the Papal election to get the French favorite onto the throne, how people can starve even with a plentiful game in the local Lord's forests and where does the real power over people's lives reside - Church or State? The past - as they say - really is a different country and things really are done differently there. I recommend this book to readers of the Brother Cadfael series and to those who found Candace Robb's Archer series a little severe.
I fully expected this to be like Cadfael dull plodding monk does everything and solves everything himself with a bite in the tale. Well how wrong I was this is pure gold, beautifully written and filled with humorous gems,the Abbot Rutilius aided by his newly acquired Acolyte, William could become the most unusual detective pairing ever. One is world weary and only considers his next meal and the other knows nothing yet takes joy from everything. Whoever thought this one up wants a medal it's the best new thing I've read in an age. Go to the top of the class boys for this one you deserve ten out of ten.